Doctor Who fans understand that the phrase “bigger on the inside” refers to the TARDIS, the contraption that looks like a British police public call-box but is actually the machine that hurtles the time-traveling Doctor and his companions through history and space.
You could say that the first WhoFest DFW, which took place in November 2013, was bigger on the inside.
That fest was meant to gather 200 to 300 fans in honor of the 50th anniversary of the long-running British science-fiction series, but more than 1,000 admissions were sold. The first DFW fest happened in Addison; the new one, which runs Friday, April 24 through Sunday, April 26 will be relatively more centrally located at the Westin Dallas Fort Worth Airport Hotel in Irving.
For the uninitiated, the Doctor is a Time Lord who travels via the TARDIS (Time and Relative Dimension in Space) is often with a female companion.
At the first WhoFest, the TARDIS was well-represented by a TARDIS replica, by T-shirts, by costumes, and in at least one case, by a set of salt-and-pepper shakers. Twelve actors have played the character, who regenerates into a new form every several years; the current Doctor is played by Peter Capaldi.
WhoFest 2 will feature special appearances by stars from the show (including the Sixth Doctor, Colin Baker), panel discussions, costume contests, games, and more. Other Doctor Who notables scheduled to appear include Nicola Bryant (Peri Brown), Terry Molloy (Davros), Nicholas Briggs (Dalek and Cyberman Voices, Big Finish Audio), and Jason Haigh-Ellery (executive producer, Big Finish Audio). All will participate in Q&A-style panel discussions, as well as pose for photos and sign autographs for Whovians, aka Doctor Who fans. Autographs and photo opps are cash-only.
The first fest featured lots of people in costumes and at least one working Dalek — a Doctor nemesis that’s a mutation in a robot-like shell. The Dalek roamed the halls saying the Daleks’ favorite word: “Exterminate!” You can expect to see a lot more of that during the costume contest that’s scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday at WhoFest 2.
WhoFest 2 will raise money for the North Texas Area Food Bank with a charity auction (monetary and food donations will also be accepted). One lucky fan will leave with a replica TARDIS in a raffle also benefiting the Food Bank. Tickets are $35-$70 for the full weekend (children 5 and under get in for $1). Single-day passes are $15-$30 Friday, $20-$40 Saturday amd $13-$25 Sunday.
Hours are noon-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-midnight Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. For a full schedule, go here. The hotel is at 4545 W. John Carpenter Freeway in Irving.